Friday, 28 July 2017 10:34

Dr Simon Poole

Dr Simon Poole at Great British Speakers

Dr Simon Poole MBBS DRCOG is a Cambridge based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator. He is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition and the science and application of the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle, explaining and celebrating the combination of wonderful ingredients in this beautiful cuisine which can add years to life. He is an expert scientific consultant on extra virgin olive oil.

Simon Qualified as a doctor from the University of London in 1987. He has been a partner at a family medical practice in Cambridge since 1992, one of the few to be rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. He also held a position teaching at the Department of Primary Care of Cambridge University.

Other roles include working with the Clinical Governance and Commissioning as well as participating in National Health Service public health projects to include the National Cardiovascular Strategy. He is a member of Council of the highly influential US based True Health Initiative. He is also a member of the Public Health Medicine Committee and General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association as well as a Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition and lifestyle and public health in scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. In addition he has written articles for The Guardian and magazines such as Cook Vegetarian and Body Language, as well as contributing to international, radio and television appearances.

His new book The Olive Oil Diet takes a fresh and exciting look at diet, foods, cooking and health, on a gastronomic journey. The book tells the story of ingredients from around the Mediterranean – from different olive oils, mountain herbs and near eastern spices to regional vegetables and fruits, cheeses and wine, unlocking the secrets of this most healthy of diets. The book has recently been awarded the accolade of National 2017 winner in the international Gourmand Prize for food and cookery writing - which is described as the food writing equivalent of the “Oscars”. It has also won "Best in the World" Mediterranean and Best in Nation Diet Book at the prestigious International Gourmand Literary Awards.

He has worked with chefs of international repute including Francesco Mazzei, Giancarlo Caldesi, Georgio Locatelli and Valentina Harris.

Simon regularly hosts conferences and presentations revealing the secrets of the Mediterranean Diet, cooking seminars and olive oil tasting.

Conference Credits

‣ The Health & Food Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards (Malaga) 2017
‣ Food Values 2017 at the Academy of Pontifical Sciences - hosted at The Vatican, Rome
‣ Food Matters Live, London 2016
‣ The National Association of Primary Care
‣ The Royal College of General Practitioners & the International Congress of the European Society of Cardiology
‣ The Food and Drink Network
‣ The Italian Trade Commission
‣ The Fine Food Fair - OIympia
‣ The Institute of Health Sciences of the USA
‣ The Boston Common Ground Convention

Presentation Topics

Public & Corporate Events / Motivational

‣ The New Mediterranean Diet - Unlocking the Secrets for a Long and Healthy Life
‣ The Private Life of Foods - The Mediterranean Diet and Health
‣ The Real Food Revolution, Fats and the End of Dieting
‣ Making the Mediterranean Diet Work
‣ The Secrets of the Mediterranean Lifestyle /Culture 


‣ The Mediterranean Odyssey - a Journey to Health with Food
‣ Regional Specialities of the Mediterranean Diet
‣ The Mediterranean Diet - Bringing it Back Home Food Shows and Import/ Trade Events
‣ The New Mediterranean Diet - Unlocking the Secrets for a Long and Healthy Life
‣ The Olive Oil Diet - The Science of Extra Virginity and other Superfoods
‣ Cooking the New Mediterranean Diet
‣ The Mediterranean Diet in a Day - Adding Healthy Years to Life
‣ Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Old Stories, Modern Myths

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 08 July 2017 17:12

Jon Chase

Jon Chase science rapper presenter speaker at Great British Speakers

Having completed a degree in Aerospace Engineering,  a BSc in Science and Science Fiction and a Masters degree in Communicating Science, Jon Chase has a wealth of scientific knowledge.

In 2008, Jon was recognised by the Guardian as education's ‘next best thing’ after producing a science rap video for NASA about astrobiology.

Jon has since produced science rap videos for a number of different organisations. He also hosts a range of science programmes dedicated to infants and adults. His credits include CBBC’s Space Hoppers, CBeebies Rhyme Rocket, Street Science for the Open University and a one-hour special for the BBC’s educational website, Bitesize. Jon has also incorporated his raps into many of his TV shows.

He has also performed his raps at The Science Museum, The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, and at many theatres, libraries and science festivals across the UK.

Published in Speakers
Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:28

Henry Kelly

GBS Henry Kelly

Henry Kelly was born in Dublin, but lived for the first seven years of his life in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland. He read Economics and English at University College, Dublin.

He began his career as a journalist and was the Northern Editor of the Irish Times in Belfast during the 1970’s. He wrote How Stormont Fell in 1972, a still highly regarded work. In 1976, he moved to London to work on Radio 4's World Tonight programme and in a complete career change from serious journalism, he moved into television at the beginning of 1980’s.

Henry soon became a household name in the UK as part of the presenting team for LWT's practical-joke show Game for a Laugh. He went on to present Going for Gold for over nine years, a significantly popular lunchtime TV quiz show on BBC1. It was through his work on Going for Gold, Henry developed the catchphrases: "What am I?" and "Now you're playing catchup".

In 1992, Henry was also one of the launch presenters of Classic FM, initially presenting the weekday mid-morning show from 9am-12pm. He then moved on to the Breakfast Show attracting 3.5m listeners making his programme the stations highest rated daily programme and the most popular breakfast show on commercial radio in the UK. From here, he took up the Drivetime slot on London news & talk station LBC 97.3 until the end of 2004. His show was an eclectic mix of news and current affairs, the arts and food, fashion and cosmetics.

He continued to work in radio, presenting the late radio show on BBC London 94.9fm before taking over the weekday mid-morning show on BBC Radio Berkshire every weekday morning from 10am-1pm. In 2006, in addition to his daily show on BBC Radio Berkshire, Henry also returned to Classic FM presenting a three hour Sunday morning show from 9am-12noon.

He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including Classic FM -The Magazine interviewing the great personalities of the classical music world. His historical archaeological and slightly foodie guide to Ireland’s Atlantic coast Henry Kelly in the West of Ireland was co-written with his partner Karolyn Shindler.

Henry is currently a weekly contributor on the Sky News TV channel, reviewing the national newspapers on Sunday mornings and continues to present for BBC Radio Berkshire.

He is a popular After Dinner Speaker, Auctioneer and Quiz Master on the corporate circuit. He also hosts Award Ceremonies for a wide variety of events. Henry is also a popular Entertainer and continues to compare classical concerts with the P&O cruise line.

Apart from his broadcasting work, Henry enjoys classical music, golf, horse racing, cricket and the arts. 

TV Credits

‣ ‘Celebrity Pointless’ - BBC1

‣ ‘First Ever Episodes: Promo’ - Challenge TV / BSkyB

‣ ‘A Touch of Cloth’ - Zeppotron / Sky One

‣ ‘Game for a Laugh’ LWT

‣ ‘Going for Gold’ BBC

‣ ‘Sky News’ - Regular Contributor

‣ ‘Extra Time’ - HTV West

‣ ‘TV AM’


‣ National Broadcaster of the Year - Sony Radio Award

‣ Nominated as Music Broadcaster - Sony Radio Award

Radio Credits

‣ ‘Weekday Mid Morning Show’ - BBC Berkshire

‣ ‘Weekday Mid Morning Show’ Classic FM

‣ ‘Breakfast Show’ - Classic FM

‣ ‘Sunday Morning Show’ - Classic FM

‣ ‘Drivetime’ - LBC Radio

‣ ‘Late Show’ - BBC London 94.9FM

‣ ‘The World Tonight’ - Reporter BBC Radio 4

Classical Musical Concerts - Compere and Host

‣ Festival of Choirs - Reading Concert Hall

‣ Royal Albert Hall

‣ P&O Cruises

‣ Kenwood House

‣ The South Bank

‣ The Barbican

‣ The Fairfield Halls

‣ Children’s Concerts including “Peter and the Wolf”

Press / Writing Credits

‣ ‘Simon Cowell Quiz: Red or Black’ - The Daily Mail

‣ The Irish Times, Northern Editor, Belfast

‣ Classic FM - The Magazine

‣ The Daily Telegraph

‣ The Times

‣ The Daily Mail

‣ Sport First

‣ Sporting Life

‣ Racing Post

‣ The Spectator Magazine

Corporate & After Dinner

‣ ‘Going For Gold’ - v/o for App - Deluxe Digital Studios

‣ ‘Life Stories’ - John Finan / The Broadcast Business

‣ ‘Going For Gold’ Quiz Master - Rothco, Dublin

‣ ‘Dinner Ladies - Quiz Master’ - Classic Comedy Productions

‣ ‘Anadin Quiz Event’ - Pegasus PR Ltd

‣ ‘Hope for Heroes Christmas Fair’ - The Rotary Club, Cheltenham

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:15

Stephen Venables

GBS Stephen Venables

Stephen is one of the best known mountaineers of his generation, he was the first British mountaineer to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen.

He has devoted much of his life to climbing mountains around the world whilst writing numerous books on the subject. His inspirational presentations are all illustrated with power point slide projection and he is a popular speaker.

All of his talks from "Everest to Shackleton" are extremely engaging and highly motivational and have been very well received at the numerous organisations and festivals he has spoken to including the RGS and RSGS.

Motivational and Key Note Speaking:

Stephen has inspired and entertained many thousands of people with his highly motivational presentations which can also be combined with mountain walks covering all levels of experience.

He works with a wide variety of corporate clients and has hosted and chaired various talks and events for mountaineering festivals and schools across the UK and Europe.

Recent events include:

‣ ‘A Winning State of Mind’ motivational talk - HSS Hire

‣ ‘Learnings from the Top of the World’ - Catlin Holdings Ltd

‣ ‘Everest Without Oxygen’ (Copenhagen) - MG Productions

‣ ‘Everest’ (Hong Kong) motivational lecture - RGS

‣ ‘The Everest Jubilee’ - Thornbury Arts Festival

‣ ‘Make Your Own Weather’ Keynote presentation - BlackRock

‣ ‘Shipton Country’ - The Keswick Lecture Society

‣ ‘In the Steps of Shackleton’ - Scotland’s History Festival

‣ ‘Journeys in the Steps of Eric Shiption’ - Royal Scottish Geographical Society

‣ ‘To the Top’ (Milan Conference) Keynote presentation - Zurich Insurance

‣ ‘Polartec Lecture - Snow, Rock & Ice’ (Munich Conference) - ThreeSixty Communications SRL

‣ ‘Mountain Festival’ - Intelligence Squared / RGS London

‣ ‘European Leadership Forum’ presentation - Ove Arup & Partners

Other clients include: JP Morgan, NYSE Euronext - LIFFE, Kodak, Shell, American Express, Glaxo Smith Kline, Lloyds Bank, Chase Manhattan, Merrill Lynch, Tate & Lyle, Boots, British Gas, London Business School, & Henley Management College.


TV Credits and Broadcasting:

‣ ‘Everest’ Channel 4

‣ ‘The Race for Everest’ BBC

‣ ‘Shakleton’s Antarctic Adventure’ (IMAX Movie)

‣ ‘The Alps - Giants of Nature’ (IMAX documentary)

‣ ‘Mountain Men - The Matterhorn and the Misfit’ BBC 2

‣ ‘Beating the Blizzards’ Central TV / National Geographic

‣ ‘Blue Peter’ BBC1

On the radio Stephen has contributed to: ‘Essential Classics’ BBC Radio 3, ‘Archive Hour - Everest Southwest Face’ BBC Radio 4 ‘Archive Hour - To the Third Pole’ BBC Radio 4, ‘Into Thin Air’ BBC Radio 4, & ‘Private Passions’ BBC Radio 3.


Press Contributions:

‣ The Times

‣ The Sunday Times

‣ The Daily Telegraph

‣ The Sunday Telegraph

‣ The Financial Times

‣ The Independent

‣ The Observer

‣ The Guardian

‣ The Daily Mail

‣ The Mail on Sunday

For more information on Stephen's availability to inspire your audience contact Jane Farnham at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289


Published in Speakers
Saturday, 11 February 2017 17:29

Janine Roebuck

GBS Janine Roebuck

Janine Roebuck is a mezzo-soprano equally at home in opera, operetta, oratorio and popular song and is particularly good in roles which require a touch of comedy.

However when she was told at the age of eighteen that she was going deaf, many people told her she would have to give up her dreams. Instead she decided to keep her disability a secret. She went on to become successful in both opera and musical theatre.

She managed to keep the secret for over thirty years, before finally deciding to go public. She now gives inspirational talks on coping with hearing loss - how she followed her dreams and with a positive outlook on life how she achieved her goals.

Janine made her debut with New Sadlers Wells Opera, and has sung principal roles with all the major houses in the UK. As well as opera she sings musical theatre and is best known for her comedy roles.

She was a regular guest on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 and has worked regularly with Richard Baker on Classical Music cruises.

She has devised her own one-woman show entitled This Thing Called Love, and written and performs a show about the life and works of Joyce Grenfell entitled Stately as a Galleon.Her engagements have included singing the role of Carmen in the Middle and Far East, as well as performing in ScroogeThe Sound of Music, Gilbert and Sullivan operas and many others. She has recorded The Songs of Rodgers and HammersteinThe Best of Andrew Lloyd-WebberGilbert and Sullivan and many popular classics.Improvements in technology are such that Janine’s latest hearing aids use Bluetooth short range wireless connectivity which helps her perform at her peak.

She has decided it is time to be proud, not ashamed, and, with support from Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID), she went public as the only deaf mezzo-soprano in the world !

Janine was a Trustee of Action on Hearing Loss (now an Ambassador) and Patron of Auditory Verbal UK which teaches profoundly deaf babies and children to listen and speak wonderfully.

Over the years she’d confided in colleagues she could trust and inevitably word spread. Responses have varied from astonishment to admiration. One conductor told his orchestra she was deaf only after they'd heard her sing. Their standing ovation is the reaction she treasures the most.

The Champion Award was presented to Janine in 2009, and she was given a coveted place on The Independent 'Happy List' in 2010.

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 11 February 2017 17:06

Dr Ian Campbell MBE

GBS Ian Campbell MBE

Dr Ian Campbell is well known as one of the UK's most respected experts in obesity and weight loss management. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009 for his services to healthcare.

He is a full time GP and prominent campaigner for the prevention and treatment of obesity. Ian was a specialist at the Overweight Clinic, University Hospital, Nottingham, founder and the first President of the National Obesity Forum and Honorary Medical Director of the leading charity Weight Concern. His latest venture has been to found Bodylibrium ( - a new 1-1 tailor-made healthy living/weight loss programme.

Dr Ian Campbell is an advisor on nutrition and obesity to numerous UK and international organisations, including the government, and is frequently invited to comment on wide-ranging medical matters for the media, where he provides clear, concise medical advice. He is a tireless campaigner for reforms to the NHS and can be found leading campaigns and lecturing worldwide.

Ian appears regularly on television - he took part in The Biggest Loser on ITV, presented A Matter of Fat for Carlton, and played an important role as Medical Consultant for the BBC 1 series Fat Nation, ITV's Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room and Fat Chance, and BBC 3's Fat Teens Can't Hunt. He appeared in The Indestructibles on BBC 3, Tonight with Trevor McDonald for ITV and Bodyshock on Channel 4 – a startling programme about the world's biggest boy in Russia.

He is regularly asked for his comments on all the news programmes, is ITV's resident doctor in the East Midlands, and has made guest appearances on many other programmes across all networks. On radio he contributes both nationally and locally.

In addition to producing articles for the medical press, national newspapers frequently seek Ian's opinion, and he has written for many of them. His first book is Obesity: Your Questions Answered and he has contributed and written forewords to many others on the subject of obesity.

Believing medicine should be easily understood, pragmatic and accessible to everyone, Ian created - a weight loss programme encouraging men to make important lifestyle changes needed to lose weight, reduce waist size and improve health.

Ian Campbell was born in Scotland, graduated from Glasgow University and now lives in Nottinghamshire. When not at work he retains a passion for rock music, theatre, has a keen interest in cooking good food (great food can be healthy!), many sports and sailing.

Published in Speakers
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:14


Peter is a full-time British voiceover with his own broadcast quality studio and was for many years a BBC news bulletin presenter, so he certainly enjoys the freedom that VO works gives him. 

"In my life, one moment, you're a straight and sober announcer of a corporate video, then you're mega-enthusiastic for a TV spot, and next you're a crazed wizard on the path of revenge in some bizarre video game." says Peter, obviously relishing the variety of work that comes in.  "VO work sure beats reading farming weather news on local radio!" 

Peter Baker's deep and resonant tones are available via and he is always up to record custom auditions for your project.

Professional voiceovers are in great demand for events, conferences, car launches and award ceremonies, adding the extra shine to the occasion, announcing speakers, linking the sections or calling award winners on stage, or needed simply to announce when it is time for a new performance or presentation to begin.   

Peter has been booked many times over the years for events such as these as a so called “Voice Of God” or VOG announcer.  Usually, he is sent a script and his studio outputs various announcements as separate files to be triggered by the events technical crew at the right moment.  

For some events, in particular award ceremonies, he is booked to physically be on a microphone behind the scenes to speak the announcements live.  The reason for this, even though it is a more expensive option, is that quite often the running schedule changes at the last minute, new announcements are required on the night, people called to come up on stage are simply not there, or fall over drunk on their way to the stage, so Peter’s background as a live radio and TV announcer / presenter comes to the fore so he can ad-lib when required or hit precise split-second timings on a live talk-over video.  Peter has also worked with unpredictable comedians on stage – in the last year this has included Jason Manford and Paddy McGuiness for the huge Virgin Media staff awards ceremonies, and they often need the “straight man” of the VOG to play against throughout the event.

VOG Demo

Published in Voice of God
Friday, 14 October 2016 10:47

Simon J Lycett

Simon J Lycett celebrity florist presenter speaker at Great British Speakers

In 1993 Simon was asked to arrange the flowers for the smash-hit film 'Four Weddings And A Funeral'. His work is now much in demand for T.V. commercials, radio, films and pemieres.

As the resident AT florist, Simon has regular appearances on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and in addition to television work, Simon has commitments throughout the year to Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the RHS and the BBC at Chelsea Flower Show.

The names of his clients are synonymous with style, flair and profile, and amongst them are such luminaries as His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Her Majesty the Queen, former US President George Bush, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, Sir Elton John, Nicky Haslam and Ringo Starr. Simon created a fairytale setting in Ireland for David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding. Thandie Newton and Victoria Smurfitt have commissioned Simon for their weddings, as did King Constantine of Greece and the footballers Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole and Gary Neville.

Simon was thrilled and excited to be asked to provide flowers for the historic event of the wedding of HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Castle.

To celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, he was privileged to decorate the Royal Box at the Royal Opera House for a Gala Performance and, later in the year, to create magnificent vast flower arrangements to adorn the tables at the final private dinner held at the Ritz.

Most recently, Simon and his team provided the flowers for the party Her Majesty The Queen gave at the Mandarin Oriental the evening before the wedding of the Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. More than 50 crowned heads of state were present, which is certainly a jewel in Simon’s crown!

Simon J Lycett Ltd provides fabulous flowers which are created with skill and imagination by a dedicated team of dynamic florists.

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:25

Ben Major

GBS Facebook Ben Major

Ben Major has led numerous expeditions and projects throughout the world in all environments – anything from in the jungle, the desert, to up a mountain or at sea. Ben is a true adventurer, explorer and survival expert.

Ben has presented the multi-BAFTA winning series Serious Explorers for BBC1 for the past 8 years, leading groups of teenagers on the expedition of a lifetime to remote and far flung corners of the globe. As well as leading the group and presenting the show, Ben was responsible for all the planning, recceing and safety of each series.  Ben is an experienced broadcaster, and has also appeared on The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Sports Relief and Blue Peter.

With his army and security background, and having travelled extensively in remote and often hostile environments, Ben consults on security and travel issues in between expeditions and TV work. He has an impressive client list - including the BBC and CNN - advising on security issues while in countries such as Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is an experienced yachtsman, with several Fastnet races and trans-Atlantic crossings under his belt; a keen windsurfer and kitesurfer, skier, scuba diver and kayak instructor – basically, Ben is the real deal.

If you are looking for an authentic, experienced presenter and survival expert to motivate and inspire your audience, then Ben Major is the perfect speaker for you.


Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:19

Ben Fogle

GBS Ben F Facebook

Ben Fogle is a broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel.

He has presented a number of highly successful programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 including, New Lives in the Wild, Extreme Dreams, Countrywise, Harbour Lives, Through Hell and High Water and Crufts.  In addition to his successes in front of the camera, Ben is a keen writer – he writes for the Sunday Telegraph and has penned six Sunday Times bestseller books.

He is an ambassador of many charities, namely for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, Centrepoint and the Princes Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of The Royal Parks Foundation.

Not only is Ben a well-known face in the UK, he is also a special correspondent for NBC News in the USA, reporting from all over the world for Today, Dateline and MSNBC Nightly News.

If you are looking for a keynote speaker whose stories from across the globe will keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further!

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